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Media statements – Applications open for regional event funding support

  • Applications open for 2023-24 Regional Events Scheme
  • Total funding of up to $1.1 million available for smaller and developing regional events across WA
  • Includes $250,000 for events supported through the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme
  • Supported by the McGowan Government through Tourism WA

Regional event holders are encouraged to apply for funding available through the 2023-24 Regional Events Scheme, which opens today.


Event holders can apply for funding between $5,000 and $40,000 for events to be held between 1 July, 2023 and 30 June, 2024.


The annual funding round supports smaller and developing events in regional Western Australia, with a total pool of up to $1.1 million of funding available.


The funding includes $250,000 for the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme (RAES) – an increase of $100,000 on the previous funding round – to support events that showcase and celebrate Aboriginal activities and experiences through the leadership and participation of Aboriginal people.


Sixty-eight regional events around the State were awarded funding under the 2022-23 RES, including seven through the RAES, such as the A Taste of Broome Festival and the Karijini Experience.


The scheme is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions.


Applications close at 5pm, Tuesday 18 October, 2022. For more information or to apply, visit


Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook:


“Our regional events play such an important role in showcasing the unique places that make our State a popular holiday destination for visitors, particularly as we reconnect with the world and draw back international visitors.


“I encourage all eligible regional event holders to apply for the Regional Events Scheme to help their event become even bigger and better, and appeal to an even more diverse audience.


“These events help create a vibrant atmosphere, give people a time-specific reason to visit, and help to generate media coverage in our regions, which is all great news for local businesses.”


Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


“It is great to see events happening all around the State which not only bring communities together but also attract visitors from near and far, supporting regional economies and jobs.


“The Regional Events Scheme provides a significant boost to regional event holders, supporting them to pursue their program of activities with confidence.


“Events are an essential part of the fabric of Western Australia’s regions, celebrating our communities’ diversity and talents, while providing opportunities for connection and support – essential to help maintain strong, robust communities.”


Minister’s office – 6552 6500

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Media Statements – Regional events to reignite tourism around the State

  • Up to $1 million to be awarded to nearly 70 events under Tourism WA’s annual Regional Events Scheme, including 13 new events
  • Includes $150,000 to deliver Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme
  • Next RES funding round will open August 23, 2022 for 2023-24
  • Supported by the McGowan Government through Tourism WA 

Regional economies are set to soar with up to $1 million to be awarded to 68 regional events through Tourism Western Australia’s 2022-2023 Regional Events Scheme (RES).


The annual funding round supports smaller and developing regional events, which attract new visitors, create jobs and stimulate local economies.


The funding includes $150,000 reserved for the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme (RAES), for events that deliver Aboriginal activities or experiences and celebrate the promotion and leadership of Aboriginal people.


The scheme is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA.


This year’s RES funds 13 new events, including the Morawa Biennial Art Awards and Exhibition in the Mid-West, the Pilbara’s unique and challenging outdoor multi-sport adventure experience Red Dog Relay and Festival, and RAES event Bandak Mereny Yanginy (Outdoor Giving of Food), an Indigenous food-inspired event in the Great Southern region.


Events sponsored in the new funding round will be held across the State from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.


To see the full list of recipients and for more information about the RES, visit Tourism WA’s corporate website.


Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook:


“As Western Australia opens up to the rest of the world, regional events provide an opportunity for local, interstate and international visitors to go beyond city limits and to experience the unique features in each of our State’s wonderful regions.


“Our clear message to the rest of the country and the world is that Western Australia is well and truly open for business – all over the State. Regional events play an important role in attracting visitors to these areas, stimulating local economies by creating jobs and adding vibrancy to our dynamic regional communities.


“The State Government, through Tourism WA, is proud to support these 68 events in WA’s regions, which have been awarded funding through this round of the Regional Events Scheme.


“There really is something for everyone, from Aboriginal cultural and food experiences to adrenaline-oriented adventures and gastronomic delights – each event embodying its own distinctive regional offering.”


Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


“Regional events are back on the calendar across all nine regions of Western Australia, celebrating each area’s unique culture, art and cuisine, and delighting visitors and locals.


“Events showcase the talent, skills and culture of WA’s regional areas while encouraging community engagement, creating jobs and boosting local economies.


“Whether it’s revelling in Mullewa’s new astro, geo and sporting-focused Ancient Land Under Blue Skies Festival, marvelling at nature’s beauty at the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival or enjoying authentic music at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, we encourage everyone to get out into our State’s spectacular regions, wander out yonder to somewhere they’ve never been before and have an unforgettable WA experience.”


Tourism Minister’s office – 6552 6500

Regional Development Minister’s office – 6552 6200

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Media Statements – Getting the show back on the road for rescheduled events

  • McGowan Government extends live events support program to include rescheduled shows
  • Program changes provide financial support for promoters to reschedule events
  • Expanded program will allow rescheduling of upcoming shows, including Midnight Oil; Crowded House; Hoodoo Gurus; Hunters and Collectors with James Reyne; Jimmy Barnes, Mondo Rock and Ian Moss; and Missy Higgins, Birds of Tokyo and the Waifs 

Western Australians can look forward to a series of rescheduled events thanks to the expansion of a popular McGowan Government initiative.


The Getting the Show Back on the Road+ (GTSBOTR+) program, which aims to reduce financial risks associated with running ticketed events during the pandemic, has been further extended to include rescheduled events.


The expansion of the program will allow promoters to recoup the unrecoverable costs of up to 30 per cent of pre-approved box office value (up to a cap of $150,000) when events are rescheduled.


This will enable live events that are not viable under current Level 2 public health measures to be moved to more suitable dates later in the year.


The changes follow discussions between the State Government and the live events industry on how the program could be adjusted to better support the sector.


The announcement has been welcomed by Live Entertainment Western Australia, which has confirmed shows including Midnight Oil; Crowded House; Hoodoo Gurus; Hunters and Collectors with James Reyne; Jimmy Barnes, Mondo Rock, Ian Moss; and Missy Higgins, Birds of Tokyo, and the Waifs will now all proceed at rescheduled future dates.


Without the expansion of the GTSBOTR+ program, the shows would have been cancelled altogether.


The program end date has also been extended to June 30, 2022.


For more information on the program and guidelines visit


Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:


“Live event organisers now have more certainty around putting on shows in Western Australia during this difficult time, knowing they are supported with the unrecoverable costs of rescheduling.


“We have listened to feedback from the live events industry and expanded the program accordingly.


“I am very pleased these changes will mean a number of terrific upcoming shows can now be rescheduled rather than cancelled. It is a great result for our local live events industry and all WA music fans.”


Comments attributed to Live Entertainment WA President Brad Mellen:


“The rescheduled shows would have been cancelled without the assistance now being offered to enable rescheduling.


“The system’s not perfect – there’s still the problem of shortfalls in sales when sold out shows are rescheduled -– but it reflects great credit on the Government that it listened to representations and has acted to provide assistance for rescheduling.


“Hopefully, things will get back to something like normal in the next few months and Western Australia will again see international acts absent now for more than two years.”


Minister’s office – 6552 5400

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Media statements – Reconnect WA funding helps secure new business events

  • Five big new business events secured for Perth
  • More than $13 million to be injected into WA economy
  • New events follow extra $15 million funding boost for Business Events Perth in $185 million Reconnect WA package

Five new business conferences have been secured for Perth following a funding boost to attract major events in the recently announced Reconnect WA package.


The events include four large-scale medical conferences between 2022 and 2025 and a 1,600-delegate education conference in 2025.


Business Events Perth expects the conferences to inject more than $13 million into the Western Australian economy.


The McGowan Government’s $185 million Reconnect WA package announced in December included a $15 million funding boost for Business Events Perth.


The extra funds were aimed at attracting lucrative business events to WA to support the recovery of the State’s business event, hotel and hospitality industry.


Since July 2020, Business Events Perth has secured 108 national and international events set to take place in WA from 2022 to 2029, representing $107 million in economic impact for the State.


The McGowan Government, through Tourism WA, has supported Business Events Perth for more than 20 years, providing ongoing funding to attract conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars to the State.


Comments attributed to Tourism and State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook:


“Business events play an important role in our State’s tourism industry which is why we boosted events funding in the recent $185 million Reconnect WA strategy.


“These events help to promote our vibrant city, its venues and attractions to high-yield visitors who spend valuable dollars while here, and who will hopefully plan a return trip for leisure purposes.


“Despite setbacks for this industry due to COVID-19, Business Events Perth’s optimism and resilience has been demonstrated by continuing to pitch for large-scale events for the future.”


“These five new business conferences are another positive sign for tourism in WA.”


Minister’s office – 6552 6500